Iredell County Emergency Management
An occurrence or imminent threat of widespread or
severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property
resulting from any natural or man-made accidental,
military or paramilitary cause.
First started in 1975, The Iredell County Office of Emergency
Management (also known as “OEM” or “EM”)
operates under authority established by local ordinances,
state statutes, and various federal laws.* Iredell County
OEM’s primary purpose is to promote community preparedness
and disaster management by creating and delivering various
projects and programs. Special emphasis is placed upon disaster
preparedness, prevention, response, and recovery.
OEM’s role is to promote emergency preparedness and
planning as a way to reduce the impact of a disaster if
one occurs. It is important that we have good working relationships
with local, regional, state, and federal response agencies
in order to provide necessary response and recovery efforts.
In a true disaster situation, local resources would be overwhelmed,
and we would have to rely upon assistance from agencies
outside Iredell County.
During normal business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), our
office is staffed by an Emergency Management Coordinator,
a Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator, and a Program
Assistant. On-call personnel are available during nights,
weekends, and holidays. Assistant Emergency Management Coordinators
from other Emergency Services divisions such as Animal Control,
ECOM, EMS, and the Fire Marshal’s Office have also
been appointed to supplement our disaster response and recovery
capability.Specific responsibilities of our agency include:
- Serving as a warning point for citizens and visitors
of Iredell County.
- Reporting hazardous chemical incidents that may occur
during transportation or at fixed facilities.
- Maintaining a database of hazardous chemicals manufactured,
utilized, or stored in Iredell County.
- Identifying response capabilities and coordinating response
activities among public and private organizations.
- Coordinating training opportunities for local responders.
- Staffing the County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during disaster
- Providing a radiological response program in support of
the McGuire Nuclear Station.
- Serving as a clearinghouse for grants that address specific
emergency management issues such as Homeland Security,
hazardous materials response, hazard identification & planning,
- Maintaining a current and comprehensive Emergency Operations
Plan (EOP) that describes agency roles and responsibilities.
- Providing public information and education regarding
disaster preparedness and response.
Our staff is available to speak to local groups about the
services we provide and how best to prepare for disasters
and emergencies. Contact us at 704-878-5353 for additional
information or to arrange a speaker.* Authorities and references concerning local EM programs:
- Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief
and Emergency Assistance Act (“The
- Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000
- North Carolina Emergency Management Act, NC General
- Iredell County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 2, Article